Article written about the Elevate participatory arts programme at Salisbury District Hospital
Connie's Colander by Gaye Poole. Connie is a retired domestic science teacher. Emily, her daughter, is enjoying hosting her first TV cookery show: Connie’s Colander, bringing her mother’s recipes onscreen and up to date. Sensitively, with humour and tenderness this newly written play traces the evolving relationship throughout their lives, and the impact of Connie’s Alzheimer’s. Can their relationship, and the TV show, survive? Running time 50 mins. Followed by a 20 minute post-show Q&A with a dementia specialist.
LAHF is running an evening introductory course for doctors, allied health professionals and nurses examining key evidence for the impact of arts and culture participation and exploring methods of evaluating arts and health practice.
A conference examining the benefits of singing to physical health Thursday 7 June 2018 10.00am - 4.00pm
New Prescriptions presents an Arts and Health symposium as part of Worcestershire Arts Partnership. The symposium includes talks about intergenerational arts, social prescribing in Worcestershire and collaboration as well as performances by Inter-Act, EVERYBODY DANCE, and an photos of an exhibition by Sight Concern
If you are aged 50+ years with any level of dance experience this opportunity is for you.
Join us for Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Facilitators at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on Thursday 17 May 2018.
Still Stomping provides an exciting opportunity to challenge the divisions we create in our society in particular- age. By bringing children, young people and older people together we hope to increase understanding, empathy and celebrate and unite the individual and community no matter what age they are. Liz Moran, Director of Arts and Culture, University of Kent
Take on the Creative Age Challenge 2-10 June 2018 Creative Age Challenge, established by creative ageing charity Equal Arts, is a week long celebration to celebrate, support and sustain dementia-friendly creative opportunities within cultural organisations. Led by the interests of participants, Challenge events are open to cultural organisations and community groups to stage their own creative fundraising challenges to shift attitudes and explore alternative community fundraising opportunities . To take part or find out more please visit: https://www.equalarts.org.uk/our-work/creative-age OR contact email@example.com
This report contains the initial findings from a study into creative social activity and older adult wellbeing. Key findings highlight the benefits to older women's self-worth and belonging resulting from regular social participatory arts activities.
West Yorkshire Playhouse presents Three, Friday 9 March, 1.30pm Three brand new short plays showcasing unique stories of life and flights of the imagination by rarely heard voices, co-written by people living with dementia and professional writers. Followed by a symposium for artists and practitioners: Ideas and Innovations: Theatre and Dementia, Friday 9 March, 2.45pm - 5.30pm
This class is for those with Parkinson’s, their friends and family. Discover the themes, choreography and music of English National Ballet's current repertoire in a welcoming and informal environment.
Join us for Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Organisations and Healthcare Professionals on Thursday 7 December at the Barbican. Booking via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/early-stage-dementia-awareness-training-for-arts-organisations-at-barbican-centre-tickets-39723350611
Arts 4 Dementia invites you to join us for our: SYMPOSIUM TO LAUNCH A NEW A4D REPORT Reawakening Integrated: Arts & Heritage A regional programme with a framework to integrate the arts into dementia care services in Dorset on World Alzheimer's Day, Thursday 21 September 2017 9.30am registration for a 10.00am start at The Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1UG
Udita Everett runs six well attended therapeutic Sing For Better Health groups per week, across Brighton & Hove. They are for older people – or anybody any age, with a long-term health problem. Many of members live on their own - the singing groups become a lifeline to them, where they form friendships; one of the main aims is to get older people out of isolation.
Places still available for Green Candle’s unique and hugely popular Level 3 accredited course starting in October 2017. Suitable for teachers, dancers and dance students, health care workers, occupational therapists and activity coordinators, the Leading Dance for Older People Diploma provides an understanding of how to lead safe, effective and enjoyable dance and movement work with older people. ‘The course gave me new insight into practical aspects of teaching and acted as a spring board for potential areas of theoretical research.’ Course participant 2016-17 For full details of the course, how to apply and 2017-18 dates take a look at the Courses page on our website.
LMN selects and trains the most talented musicians emerging into the music profession, choosing those that demonstrate the potential to engage participants in a meaningful way. During their 4-6 years on the scheme, we enhance these skills, equipping them to deliver interactive performances and workshops focused on the needs and enjoyment of the participants.
A review of literature on dance and its impact physiologically and psychologically among elderly populations. Topics included general fitness and strength, balance and gait, and general psychological wellbeing such as self-confidence, social inclusion, and cognitive function. Populations assessed ranged from 50 years upwards, and included both healthy and physically and psychologically impaired cohorts. Dance styles covered included social, creative, contemporary and traditional dance.
The aim of the pilot project was to evaluate the benefits to health and wellbeing of dance and arts activities that were stimulating and developed for and with older people in Medway and Gravesend. Both physiological and psychosocial areas of health and wellbeing were assessed via pre-test and post-tests plus interviews.
This online course will give any dance leader the knowledge they need to successfully integrate and manage health and safety principles.
Come along to this free performance by Collective Encounters Third Age acting company, which takes a fresh, funny and satirical look at health inequalities in the UK. From the 9th to the 21st June we will be taking the show to St.Helens, Coventry, Leeds, Aintree before finishing at The Brain Charity in Liverpool.
National Museums Liverpool have launched a new, dementia-friendly, House of Memories website. House of Memories is National Museums Liverpool’s award-winning dementia awareness programme which offers training, access to resources, and museum-based activities to enable carers to provide person-centred care for people living with dementia.
Have a listen to some of the company chatting about our work, and the making of Beyond the Marigolds, and then come and see it at The Hawth Theatre on June 4th 7.30pm : http://zurl.co/bJz0A
Arts 4 Dementia welcomes people affected by dementia and their carers to a free 8 week drama workshop programme, to take place at Hackney's award-winning and outstanding Arcola Theatre. Led by inspiring director Ross Crosby, participants and their carers will be coached in performance, gaining or developing their creative skills through movement, voice and theatrics.
Dance for Parkinson’s will host an introductory training workshop and advanced training workshop as part of People Dancing's annual Summer School The introductory workshop will be co-facilitated by Danielle Teale, People Dancing, and the Dance for Parkinson's Network UK. The advanced training workshop will be co-facilitated with artists from English National Ballet and open to teachers who've completed the introductory course.
Over the past 8 years Collective Encounters has amassed considerable experience working in the field of arts and dementia. Part of our 2017 professional development programme, this master class is aimed at anyone who has an interest in arts and dementia. We welcome both experienced artists and people with no previous experience of working directly in this field.
I am a PhD student at the University of Derby researching the use of participatory arts for promoting wellbeing and quality of life in older people. I am keen to engage with organisations working with older people to help inform my research.
Dementia and Imagination
The UK has an ageing population. Many older people in the UK experience multiple disadvantages relating to health, deprivation, isolation and ageism. Such disadvantages are not only debilitating in themselves, but can also act as barriers to participating in those social and creative activities that protect good health and wellbeing.
Double Elephant has recently completed a printmaking and painting residency at Franklyn Hospital in Exeter making designs for posters on the theme of food for display in the dining area. The work was made by older people with dementia and poor mental health. We used familiar poems and songs to trigger ideas for the designs such as "food Glorious Food" or "Sweets for my sweet, sugar for my honey"
The Befrienders, an older people's singing and social group and Trinity Laban vocal students present a feel good musical celebration of Spring time.
The following funders support similar work to Edge Fund (supporting grass roots organisations), although tend to fund more formally set up groups (eg constituted or registered charity) and work that is considered ‘charitable’ (eg many would not support politically motivated/ campaign groups but may support campaigns of registered charities).
We are now open for our first funding round of the year! We will be giving £40,000 to about 30 grass-roots groups, campaigning against the systems that cause injustice. We are accepting applications from the 7th of March until the 17th April. What we fund We support work run by and for communities facing discrimination and injustice. We fund work carried out by individuals and grass-roots groups in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England that find it difficult to get funding elsewhere. We do not fund traditional charity work, instead we we support activity that challenges abuses of power and aims to change society by bringing an end to the systems that cause injustice. While applicants may be working on short term reforms, we are looking for applicants that ultimately aim to end or replace unjust systems with a just alternative.
This is a link to over 60 different charitable organisations that may offering funding to organisations like yours with similar aims and objectives
Led by Arti Prashar, this is an introductory skills development masterclass for professional participatory arts practitioners who are beginning to work with, or would like to work with, people with dementia. The masterclass will explore what you need to consider when engaging people with dementia in creative practice, accessing their world on their terms. You will develop knowledge of working in a person-centred way using non-verbal techniques. Spare Tyre : the GardenTuesday 11 April 11am - 2pm @ HMT Education Studio Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen, AB25 1GL Access via Hmt Stage Door. disabled access via HMT main Foyer Places are limited. to book a free place contact Aberdeen City Council Creative Learning 01224 611161 Free Masterclass
Full day training course tailored to give arts facilitators greater understanding, increased skills and confidence in communicating and working creatively with people experiencing the early stages of dementia and their carers.
Calling all friends of Arts 4 Dementia for a programme of music in partnership with the Angel Community Canal Boat Trust, guided by skipper John Checkley. Opera singers, including noted mezzo-soprano Vivien Conacher, will re-energise and inspire individuals, carers, families and friends living with early stage dementia within the community, singing opera choruses as the boat rises and drops in the lock.
If you are a practitioner working with dance, movement or somatic movement practices, in an NHS hospital setting, we invite you to take part in a research study. Please read on for further information.
Starting the Culture, Kopi and Kueh pilot programme was an almost serendipitous process. Over the past two years, the Peranakan Museum (TPM) has received an increasing number of requests for guided tours from persons with disability, schools for children with special needs, nursing homes and other eldercare facilities. The last group is a reflection of Singapore’s changing population demographics and global trends that is only going to get larger with time.
This publication, edited by Daniel Baker, from Cubitt largely draws together a series of contributions to a one day conference funded by the Baring Foundation in 2014.
We believe that museums and older people enrich each other. We aim to develop innovative and collaborative opportunities by bringing people together. As well as museum, galleries and arts professionals, the Network includes those from health and social care, voluntary sector, research professionals and older people themselves.
The centre is now fully active in researching the potential for dance to impact on both wellbeing and specific conditions.
Scottish Ballet is spearheading a ground-breaking 18 month pilot Dance for Parkinson’s Scotland programme, delivered in partnership with Dance Base.
At the first session with the patients, none of us, not even the therapists, really knew what we were doing or what was going to happen. I was very nervous. The instruments looked like the ones we had used at school and I was worried that it would be a bit demeaning. But by the end of the session, we’d structured this incredible piece of music and that suddenly made me realise what this could potentially do.
If you’ve got the Monday blues today, media mythology has it that you’re not alone. Today is ‘officially’ known as the ‘most depressing day of the year’, although sources across the web will all cite slightly different origin stories for what we now know of as ‘Blue Monday’.
Esmee Ward: Recently I was invited by the British Council and Hong Kong Arts Adminstrators to speak about ambition for arts and ageing at a Cultural Leadership summit in Hong Kong. Alongside my presentation, I led a workshop with arts professionals, exploring how organisations might become more age and dementia friendly and perhaps most exciting of all, I also ran a workshop with a group of local older people in an arts venue in North Point, HK. Garry Robson, Artistic Director of Birds of Paradise Theatre, a hugely respected director and innovator, also spoke at the conference about his experiences and work with disability arts in the UK and globally. The theme was Social Gains through Arts and it explored the ambition and aspiration amongst arts leaders to extend partnerships above and beyond the cultural sector and work collaboratively for wider social impact.
Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company is a well-established company that offers workshop and performance opportunities for older women. Participants (most of whom have never experienced any training in dance or theatre) have the opportunity to try out new dance-theatre based skills and make high quality performance projects alongside professional artists.
Art in Mind started in 2013 when The Lightbox ran a series of pilot sessions, funded by a one off grant.Lightbox took its model from training and research carried out by Arts4Dementia and adapted it for our own particular style and needs. The pilot sessions proved very successful and some of those initial participants still attend regularly. Many remember the sessions, despite other memory problems.
The project, devised by artist Jill Impey and funded by Arts Council England, connects 10-20 year olds and those over 65, to explore and share, thoughts and experiences of war and peace. Participants are introduced to a range of creative and expressive processes. They are guided to interpret stimuli from a travelling collection of contemporary artworks, which reference the 1930’s period between world wars. Recordings of their responses form part of a live touring interactive artwork, alongside curated, archive and personal artefacts, an installation of origami butterflies, and a cabinet of resonant curiosities.
Arts 4 Dementia (A4D) seeks a part-time project co-ordinator resident in Dorset to support, help develop and deliver our Reawakening arts programme for people with early stage dementia. Reawakening aims to establish a framework to integrate artistic activity into the dementia care pathway and involves setting up inspirational projects at arts venues in Dorset, mapping arts opportunities for dementia around the county, training sessions and creating an arts festival for dementia.
When the musician Hannah Peel began to lose her gran to dementia, she fought back – with song. The results were so overwhelming, they grew into a vast musical exploration.
Cultures of Nature and Wellbeing is a new 2-year AHRC funded research project exploring links between literature, health and environmentalism over the last century. It will look at current research into nature and wellbeing and the role of the arts and humanities in developing this relationship.
This beautiful 30 minute film **Parkinson Dances** is about contemporary dance in the treatment of Parkinson’s. It deals honestly with the emotional impact of diagnosis and the effects of PD.
The report shows the results of a six-month research programme to evaluate the long-term relationship between arts participation and physical/psychological health have been published.
Over 200 participants over the age of 60 took part. Half were allocated to one of five singing groups, meeting weekly over a period of twelve weeks. The other half acted as a control group.
‘Shall We Dance?’ is a project, funded by FEAST and managed by Arts for Health Cornwall and The Works Theatre and Dance Agency. It was developed in order to increase the opportunities for older people to access dance with the aim of improving their holistic health and sense of well being.
This 30 minute film **Parkinson Dances** is about contemporary dance in the treatment of Parkinson’s. It deals honestly with the emotional impact of diagnosis and the effects of PD. It shows not only the physical benefits of dance as exercise but also the emotional release which the participants (who include carers) achieve as they movingly express their feelings in movement. It is filmed and edited by a team from the University of Bournemouth.
The Acting Up report documents the value of older people focusing on activities to keep themselves mentally & physically connected and the importance of promoting a positive image of older adults and their value in building healthy and equal communities.
Fergus Early's OBE, Green Candle, report on his innovative dance project with older people.
A wonderful project delivered in county Durham by Mental health charity RTProjects showing the link between creativity and Dementia being used for positive effect. Inspirational.
The Baring Foundation and Arts Council of Northern Ireland commissioned research work into how the Arts and Older People Programme projects have tackled isolation and loneliness.
The Cultural Commissioning Programme works with the arts and cultural sector, commissioners and policy makers to strengthen commissioning of arts and culture, to deliver better outcomes for people and communities. See it's new website,
DANCE WELL webinar took place on 25th May 2016. Fergus Early OBE* from Green Candle Dance Company was interviewed by Paul Cann, Chief Executive of Age UK Oxfordshire about the joys and challenges of dancing with older people.
This small publication shares and celebrates the work of a three year project led by Artlink that brought people with sight and hearing loss together with artists to develop innovative collaborative work that explored how their experiences can inform work which is accessible to all.
Moving Memory Dance Theatre members talk about what the company means to them.
BED, watch what happens when an older person is lefft in a bed in the middle of a busy thoroughfare.
Evaluation report for reminiscence and visual arts and crafts project in care homes
City Arts has been exploring digital arts with a number of different care homes in Nottingham over the last couple of years.
Our HenPower project cultivates creativity in care settings at a time in life when most people are slowing down, and not stepping into wellies or making masterpieces.
Museum object handling groups in older adult mental health in patient care
The Ryedale Songs & Scones programme provides isolated older with a monthlyinformal performance by Live Music Now followed by a time to socialise over tea and cake.
The benefits of reading are spelled out in these two links.
Age Friendly Museums Day 2015 Care Home residents are made welcome at the British Museum.
Arts for Health Cornwall and Isles of Scilly have released a training resource that supports staff and carers in organising and leading music sessions for elderly clients.
Arts and Minds ran at the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery providing creative opportunities for isolated people living with mild to moderate dementia and their carers.
Dance in Devon began a project giving older people in residential care access to a quality arts experience as participants and audiences. This film tells of one person's experience of the programme.
Read the evaluation of Green Candle Dance Company pilot Uplift! a dance and live music project.
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